CHAOS rocked MDC primary elections for Nkulumane constituency after prominent lawyer Matshobana Ncube won the polls held the party’s offices yesterday.
Report by Blondie Ndebele
Out of the five candidates that contested, Ncube won with 113 votes against his rivals Lexington Dube who polled 91, while the councillor for Nkulumane, Ngwalo Nyathi had 23.
Marvellous Masango had 10 votes while another candidate only identified as T Nkala, had nine.
However, some party members were not satisfied with the election results after Ncube, whom they accused of being imposed, won the election.
“How could he have won the elections when no one from Nkulumane knows him?” disgruntled members shouted.
“We will never vote for someone we don’t know and we saw some people from other constituencies voting.”
They said as Nkulumane members, they knew each other and saw people who came in a commuter omnibus claiming that they were from their area.
Angry members claimed that they noticed people from Magwegwe constituency, who produced new cards with Nkulumane addresses and they were suspecting that Ncube brought them to vote for him.
“How are we going to work with the person we don’t even know?” one of the disgruntled party members said.
MDC Bulawayo provincial spokesperson Edwin Ndlovu said the elections were open to any card-carrying member from Nkulumane constituency and they endorsed the result of the poll.
“Obviously there were some allegations because there were some people that they could not recognise,” he said.
He said the national election committee will either endorse the election result or call for a re-run.